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Smith, Stephen
Preserving and Passing on Heritage Trade Skills
Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering
Description of Work
Paper presented at the National Engineering Heritage Conference (14th: 2007 : Perth)
vol. 6, no. 1, Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2008, pp. 111-117

The engineering heritage sector has a unique history of building structures, movable heritage and the built resources for government and industry for everyday use. There is a wide range of trade skills used in the heritage sector. This engineering heritage bears witness to centuries of human skill and ingenuity, and today we have the challenge of keeping the skills alive so that we can continue to conserve and maintain the vast range of engineering heritage artefacts and sites by using the relevant traditional trade skills, and working sympathetically with the original materials. We need more people to become skilled in these trades to preserve our engineering heritage so that future generations can live, work and play in them.